BLACK LIVES MATTER!

Lake Charles residents and friends of George Floyd speak out

BLACK LIVES MATTER EDUCATIONAL POST

THE MURDER OF GEORGE FLOYD

The murder of George Floyd revolved around him dying at the hands of 4 white police officers, one of them placing their knee on his neck. He then stated “I can’t breathe” to the officers who simply ignored him while bystanders plead for them to stop. He passed out after 8 minutes and 46 seconds and passed away in the ambulance an hour later. He was accused of a counterfeit $20 bill which was indeed real.

His death has been piled on with Breonna Taylor’s death, Ahmaud Arbery’s death, and many many other black people’s death.

The 4 police officers’ have been fired and have faced charges. As of 4th June Officer Derek Chauvin has been arrested and charged with 2nd-degree murder, manslaughter, and 3rd-degree murder. The officers with him will be charged with aiding and encouraging 2nd-degree murder.

George Floyd was a 46-year-old man, father, friend, son, brother, and a human being.

This isn’t the first case either. There was a similar case that happened in 2014 to a black man named Eric Garner, who was also not given his human rights when officers suffocated him to death whilst he was simply on a walk. His last words were also “I can’t breathe.”

PROTESTS

People have been protesting every day to raise awareness of the injustice of the US police system, the justice of George Floyd, justice for all the innocent black lives taken by police brutality and racism, and the systemic racism that is still much real and present today. These protests are what brought the 4 officers arrested.

The most important matter that they are protesting is Black Lives Matter.

WHAT IS THE BLM MOVEMENT?

The Black Lives Matter movement is an international human-rights movement that stems from the African American community’s campaign towards the violence and racism inflicted upon them. The social movement was founded in July of 2013. It began with the trending hashtag of #BlackLivesMatter on social media.

But don’t all lives matter?

People are also protesting the “All Lives Matter” ‘initiative’.

Black people in America are disproportionately likely to be incarcerated and suffer police brutality. 

“The entire point of Black Lives Matter is to illustrate the extent to which black lives haven’t mattered in this country [The US]”.

ALL LIVES WILL MATTER AFTER BLACK LIVES MATTER.

STATISTICS

Here are some statistical facts that prove to you that systemic racism is indeed real.

MICROAGGRESIONS

WHAT ARE MICROAGGRESSIONS?

Microaggressions are terms used (unintentionally or intentionally) that communicate negative derogatory insults towards people or cultures, specifically those that have been mistreated and marginalised. 

Examples of microaggressions:

  • Internalised fear of POC
  • Negative imagery of POC
  • Use of slurs and degrading terms against minorities

Words like the n-word are racial slurs and can be a potent symbol of slavery, white supremacy, and historical violence. It’s typically directed at black people specifically AFRICAN AMERICANS, who have reclaimed the use of the word. This DOES NOT MEAN everyone with dark skin NOR those who feel entitled based on uneducated views and personal opinions, that misinterpret the severity and origins of the word regardless of the current circumstances can say it!!!!

WHY MICROAGGRESSIONS ARE DAMAGING:

No matter how subtle, or blatant the things you say or do are, they have consequences.

One should NOT have to have thicker skin for a joke that you’d like to make because those words DO HAVE MEANING.

The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU.The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU. The slurs and insults that you say don’t hurt you, because THEY WEREN’T MADE TO HURT YOU.

And if they were that doesn’t enable you to participate in the use of other slurs or harmful behaviours that weren’t.

WHY MICROAGGRESSIONS ARE DAMAGING (con):

It is important to realise that you don’t know anything. Anything about the slurs and insults you say, anything about the actions and microaggressions you enact and anything about anyone who is hurt in these minority groups because PEOPLE ARE DIFFERENT.

You only know something once you EDUCATE YOURSELF. You shouldn’t be the reason, someone feels UNCOMFORTABLE around you when you’re singing a lyric. You shouldn’t be the reason someone considers silencing their PAIN around for your benefit. AND you SHOULDN’T have to be the reason someone feels TARGETED just being born with their skin colour around you.

You have the freedom of speech but it’s up to you whether or not you choose to dehumanise others with it. 

SYSTEMIC RACISM:

“Systemic racism” or “institutional racism” refers to how ideas of white superiority are captured in everyday thinking at institutional or systems of a society’s level: taking in the big picture of how society operates, rather than looking at one-on-one interactions.

One noticeable example of systemic racism is the wealth gap in the US, where the median net worth for:

-a white family is $134,000

– a Hispanic family is $14,000

– and an African American family is $11,000

Racism= Privilege + Power

Privilege: A structural, institutional, and social advantage.

Power: the ability, backed up by society, to be a strong social influencer with a greater scope when it comes to what you do, where, and how.

From this definition, it is clear that white people have the strongest ability to be racist and to live in a society built upon systematic racism that works in their favour. 

WHAT YOU CAN DO IN THE COMMUNITY

SAY THEIR NAMES!

Tackling personal prejudices

An unfair and unreasonable opinion or feeling, especially when formed without enough thought or knowledge. 

It is OKAY to admit to these opinions you may have. It is not OKAY to continue to display these negative and unjustified opinions after noticing them.

WHERE DO I START?

  • Educate yourself: Education is one of the most valuable things you can do, there are various websites and organisations online that will explain to you why it’s so important and what you can do to help. 
  • Know your history: Educate yourself on anti-blackness, systemic racism, oppression, and the role you and your communities play.
  • Make your voice heard: Staying silent in times of injustice is just as bad as opposing justice. Use your platform to educate others and share what is going on!
  • Stay updated: Stay updated on what’s happening around, follow accounts on social media, so you are updated on the continuing action.
  • Normalise changing your opinion: Normalise changing your opinion, once you have educated yourself on this topic it is okay to change your opinion!

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE?

You may wonder why this is relevant to you:

This is important to you because it is your job as a global citizen and a human being to understand what is happening to people, even if it is not from your country. 

Racism towards the Black community is not as prominent in your country, but it is NOT a valid reason or an excuse for you to not understand what is happening to people. Injustice will never be justice if it is unheard, don’t stay silent! No matter where you come from, this is a global issue and is something we clearly should not be facing in 2020. Please make sure you are not apart of this problem. If you are unsure of what is happening, educate yourself!

YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND, THAT SOME OF YOU WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHAT IT IS LIKE, BUT YOU HAVE TO STAND WITH THIS MOVEMENT, AND SHOW YOUR UTTERMOST RESPECT.

HOW CAN I CREATE CHANGE?

  • Educate people in our community: Once you have educated yourself on this issue, educate others in your community don’t be afraid to speak out!
  • Speak up and speak out: SPEAK YOUR OPINION!! Don’t stay silent, spread awareness, and make sure everyone knows!
  • Donate and Sign petitions: Down below there are links to where you can donate and sign petitions to help!!
  • Support Advocates: Support fellow advocates, making sure you are being respectful and understanding!

YOU CANNOT EXCUSE RACISM.

SIGN, DONATE, EDUCATE.

HOW YOU CAN HELP: DONATIONS AND PETITIONS

WHERE TO DONATE:

George Floyd Memorial Fund:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/georgefloyd

Minnesota Freedom Fund:

https://minnesotafreedomfund.org/

Reclaim The Block:

https://www.reclaimtheblock.org/

Black Lives Matter:

https://blacklivesmatter.com/

Black Visions Collective:

https://www.blackvisionsmn.org/

Bail Project:

https://bailproject.org/

LINKS TO DONATIONS AND PETITIONS!

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS IMPORTANT AND VALUED.

I think this quote below from the TV show Mr. Iglesias and this quote from the Invisible Man novel perfectly explains how black people feel they are being treated. But I may be wrong and I will educate myself on this.

“Invisible, you say Gabe?”

“People of colour knows what that feels like,”

“I am invisible simply because people refuse to see me”

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO READ THIS AS IT IS SO IMPORTANT IN THIS TIME.

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